Gloria Becerra, PhD
Gloria Vega Becerra In-Memorium
October 7, 1940 – January 20, 2017
Throughout her career Gloria was a woman of firsts. An early childhood educator, she was one of the first Head Start teachers in San Diego County; she helped inaugurate the nation’s first Bilingual Education Program while working at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC; she became the first female Director of the California State Department of Employment Development Department (EDD), one of the largest state agencies in California. Following her leadership at EDD, Gloria relocated to Arizona and served as Assistant Director of Employment and Training for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Returning to her second home of Sacramento in 1987, Gloria’s immeasurable experience led to a principal association for over 12 years with the global consulting firm of Deloitte and Touche, and then the formation of her own business, GVB Consulting, for over 10 years before joining Lopez Consulting Group.
Gloria’s dynamic character generated a strong and respected voice. Her wisdom and communication style assisted clients in finding creative solutions and approaches to address their challenges. She never shied away from challenging or politically charged situations. Gloria moved through these types of situations with integrity, grace and confidence. She was insightful and understood core issues in a way that led to many “aha” moments for clients and associates.
Those of us in Lopez Consulting Group are honored to call Gloria a friend and a colleague.